A group of South Florida vets thinks Miami-Dade County should reverse its 23 year ban on pit bulls. Armed with formidable research, the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association argues that breed specific legislation does not make communities any safer.
The group cites a 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association study that analyses forty years worth of reported dog bites In Europe and North America. The study shows that, across the board, breeds historically targeted for prohibition are no more likely to bite than other dogs.
Miami-Dade County's pit bull ban wastes a lot of tax dollars and prevents would-be pet owners from adopting even the gentlest, most worthy pit bulls. In the county's shelter, pit bulls are segregated from the other, adoptable dogs, and flagged for destruction.
Tell Miami-Dade County's commissioners you stand with Florida veterinarians and voters who want a repeal of the county's breed-specific ban!
We the undersigned think that breed specific legislation is unfair to dogs and their owners.
Furthermore, forty years of research shows that such legislation does not make communities safer. While a few pit bulls have behaved badly, there are many, many others who are gentle, affectionate, and loyal companions. Breed specific legislation is not fair to dogs or their owners, causes heartbreak, and prevents even the most even tempered dogs from being adopted from shelters.
We support your regional veterinarians and voters who want to repeal your 23 year pit bull ban!